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by mat.tia
Sat Nov 29, 2014 11:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 85110

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

No, such concentrations of power are not an abuse in and of themselves. They are problematic in that they invite abuse, and that is worth discussing. However, power is not abuse unless it is abused. To see it any other way is to put an emotional charge on your argument that ultimately weakens it. I...
by mat.tia
Tue Nov 25, 2014 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2349795

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

So there's no excuse to be missing [the Intro Thread] Well I have. For years! I'm sorry, didn't mean to be a jerk. I'm a guy, in his twenties (still the first half, not for long though). Italian. Proud of it. Lived some in Alabama and some in the UK. I've been following the fora and, obviously, xkc...
by mat.tia
Tue Nov 25, 2014 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 85110

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

Yes, that man. And that woman. They can choose to take the legislator to task. However, they can also choose not to. Sometimes they need a little encouragement. [...] not to. Who said the emergency is invented to increase the legislator power? The emergency can be real and the legislator acting for...
by mat.tia
Tue Nov 25, 2014 8:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 85110

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

You hired Apple to make computers for you so you don't have to make them yourself. You can't do everything. This is the price. I do not care that much about doing everything. But let us not go there! Now if a legislator declares an emergency which increases his wealth or power, when there isn't an ...
by mat.tia
Mon Nov 24, 2014 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 85110

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

So... when you vote, your vote is not counted? When you buy something, your purchase does not show up on the tally? Yes, my actions do have an impact. But it's small and mine are not open choices: a person can decide what she prefers among a fixed number of options that come from the market. If the...
by mat.tia
Mon Nov 24, 2014 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 85110

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

I'm afraid I don't understand the question. What would be smarter than what? What things do you want compared? I am sorry, it is probably me that did not understand you. It would not be the first time and I guess I could blame at least a little the "language barrier". In any case I was re...
by mat.tia
Mon Nov 24, 2014 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 85110

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

As democracies are generally controlled by the weak to a greater extent than many other forms of government, this tenet has a greater prominence there. But it's not what defines democracy. yes: not a definition; major part of its goal. At least a requirement. If this is taken away, it is no more De...
by mat.tia
Mon Nov 24, 2014 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 85110

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

I think we should be honest about this: for all the history of democracy, a small set of rich people owned a large share of financial assets. And they had outsize influence on the government. It's not a new thing, although the US seems to be moving towards a strong concentration of wealth even by h...
by mat.tia
Mon Nov 24, 2014 11:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 85110

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

I am sorry if I insist on this point, but I have this opinion, which could be very naive, but needs some external criticism to recognize itself that way. One often hears "markets do", "markets push", "markets ask"... "Markets" often have the first and last wor...
by mat.tia
Fri Nov 21, 2014 12:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 85110

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

Not particularly. Their income is, as previously mentioned, not nearly so disproportionate. If they attempted to use all their wealth as if it were disposable, that would tank their income, and so on. Reacting as if wealth was expenditures is invalid. The wealthy save and invest at HIGHER rates tha...
by mat.tia
Thu Nov 20, 2014 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 85110

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

A big variation in quantity sometimes yields to a variation in quality: if you lose 0.1 % of your hair, not a biggy; if you lose 90% of it, you become bald. In the same way I don't think this kind of wealth inequality can be treated simply as a wealth distribution problem - meaning the variations in...
by mat.tia
Wed Nov 19, 2014 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: AI to play card game Briscola in 5
Replies: 0
Views: 4554

AI to play card game Briscola in 5

Hi guys, I am doing a thesis for my bachelor degree and the idea is to build a multiagent platform to play the card game "Briscola in 5", featuring an artificial intelligence for a virtual player. You can find the rules for the game on wikipedia ; the peculiarity of the game is the fact th...
by mat.tia
Sat Nov 15, 2014 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Three princesses
Replies: 446
Views: 204270

Re: Three princesses

I don't know if it's allowed taking advantage of the order in which they stand, but having them in front of you, one besides each other, you ask the first one: are your sisters standing in an increasing order by age (the one besides you is younger than the other one)? if the answer is "...
by mat.tia
Thu Dec 26, 2013 11:51 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Computability: how is this function computable?
Replies: 15
Views: 9791

Re: Computability: how is this function computable?

skeptical scientist wrote:given a program, you can define a (computable) real number where knowing the length of the longest sequence of repeating fives in that number determines whether the given program halts.
true, I didn't think of that but it is the clearest way of proving it
by mat.tia
Mon Dec 16, 2013 1:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to resign
Replies: 39
Views: 8965

Re: Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to resign

you really are an incorregible abstractor!
if you disagree with something, for instance the policemen's behaviour, you could argument I guess. ...in verses, please :D
oops, sorry if i got carried away with my phrasing in the message above, "wrong meeting"
by mat.tia
Sun Dec 15, 2013 1:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to resign
Replies: 39
Views: 8965

Re: Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to resign

I don't think I agree with your opinion about the EU being useful and helpful in the crisis. Honestly I think the EU was actually the cause of this. If it was not the trigger of the "crisis", i believe it deepened it very much. Ingenuously? Could be. If so, those big great economists shoul...
by mat.tia
Fri Dec 13, 2013 9:19 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: how does trading software work?
Replies: 8
Views: 4659

Re: how does trading software work?

thank you all for the suggestions and info. I recently came across a paper that discusses the uses of AI into daily treading for learning to compare markets trend and make profit out of it. Interesting stuff!
by mat.tia
Fri Dec 13, 2013 9:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to resign
Replies: 39
Views: 8965

Re: Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to resign

How can he run a modern nation alone? He can't. He gained his economical power in the 80s, a quite dark age in Italy. In those years there was lots of uncertainty in the political situation, with many terroristic acts taking place around the country. During the beginning of the 90s the operation &qu...
by mat.tia
Tue Dec 10, 2013 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Cellular automata/Game of life: topics related to AI
Replies: 5
Views: 6295

Re: Cellular automata/Game of life: topics related to AI

Hi all, since my brief article got published I thought I would post it here. It is nothing new nor anything you wouldn't know if you cared searching for it : http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-1107/paper6.pdf
by mat.tia
Tue Dec 03, 2013 11:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to resign
Replies: 39
Views: 8965

Re: Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to resign

What do you find compelling about this rich old man? Well there's many interesting points on this imho. Just to make an example, I could point out that he's been running this country for 20 years, making a disaster out of it, and now that he's been convicted of fraud in 3rd degree he re-gained all ...
by mat.tia
Sun Dec 01, 2013 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: how does trading software work?
Replies: 8
Views: 4659

Re: how does trading software work?

Hi KnightExemplar, thanks for your insight. The apparently huge arbitrage opportunities is what striked me at first. Actually learning a little about the system made me understand, as you say, that exploiting them is in practice much harder than what it seems since there are time delays and most of ...
by mat.tia
Sun Dec 01, 2013 12:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to resign
Replies: 39
Views: 8965

Re: Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to resign

Yes. This is about some guy in Italy that has quit his job. We all look? It is important news? He is a man that makes History? yes it is and yes he is. .... I studied a little Biology. I took a BioChem Class. It was hard for me. I kept taking really hard classes, for some reason. I wanted to know a...
by mat.tia
Sat Nov 30, 2013 10:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to resign
Replies: 39
Views: 8965

Re: Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to resign

addams it is said that looking at things only abstractly makes your mind age earlier. watch out : ) I honestly find it hard to follow your words since I'm not a native speaker, but I think I get the idea. First of all this is a thread about Silvio Berlusconi and Italian politics; it is not titled &q...
by mat.tia
Fri Nov 29, 2013 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to resign
Replies: 39
Views: 8965

Re: Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to resign

The EU is a somewhat sane way of being a weird family. They have decided to be united in an attempt to live Peaceful and Sane lives. I don't know, I kind of get the feeling is some more than that. The Eu doesn't really have to do with this I think. The Eu just made trade and people travelling easie...
by mat.tia
Fri Nov 29, 2013 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to resign
Replies: 39
Views: 8965

Re: Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to resign

Zamfir, I was vague and imprecise in my comparison. Renzi is nothing like Berlusconi for what concerns intelligence, strategy, charisma, and, mostly, guts. What I wanted to say is that he's politically similar to Berlusconi: he understood that in this country you ought not to use a political approac...
by mat.tia
Fri Nov 29, 2013 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: how does trading software work?
Replies: 8
Views: 4659

how does trading software work?

Hello everyone, so following the recent burst of bitcoin I got interested in it and mostly on the trading software that operates on bitcoin markets. I'm not here trying to find the ultimate and free way to become rich. I am just trying to understand what values does a trading software rely upon to d...
by mat.tia
Fri Nov 29, 2013 12:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to resign
Replies: 39
Views: 8965

Re: Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to resign

funny how two years ago we were discussing about Berlusconi's end, which maybe has come just now. If you missed it, attached is the main page of his family's newspaper Il Giornale after the news came out. The news is that, after being convicted in 3rd degree of financial fraud, he's been expelled fr...
by mat.tia
Mon Nov 18, 2013 8:33 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Computability: how is this function computable?
Replies: 15
Views: 9791

Re: Computability: how is this function computable?

Ok, I think I got it. Probably some confusion was helped by my notation. The problem is that k (even if not mentioned by exercise text) is presumed to be defined as a constant. Although a practical usage of the overall function, to the state of our knowledge, would need that k replaced by a function...
by mat.tia
Sat Nov 16, 2013 1:39 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Computability: how is this function computable?
Replies: 15
Views: 9791

Re: Computability: how is this function computable?

thanks korona, I perfectly understand what you're saying and I agree with you on that. What I do not understand is why we can't apply the exact same reasoning to the halt problem, with k being, if existing, the finite number of steps in which the program ends. Unless the function halt n (x) , instea...
by mat.tia
Sat Nov 16, 2013 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Computability: how is this function computable?
Replies: 15
Views: 9791

Re: Computability: how is this function computable?

I don't think this function is computable by computing the digits of pi, because you never know when you've seen the maximum run of 5's. If there is a proof of the maximum run of 5's in the digits of pi, then this function is computable. However, if no such proof exists, then this function is incom...
by mat.tia
Fri Nov 15, 2013 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The onion router and its security
Replies: 6
Views: 10467

Re: The onion router and its security

well I honestly had some doubts about SK1 also, I now see similar opinions on SK2
by mat.tia
Fri Nov 15, 2013 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Computability: how is this function computable?
Replies: 15
Views: 9791

Re: Computability: how is this function computable?

Ok so I read again your answer and you already answered my first point. But I still don't see the difference between that overall situation (computable) and the function halt that takes kind_of_alt as an input, since they both depend on an uncomputable function. Both these NC functions try to find a...
by mat.tia
Fri Nov 15, 2013 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Computability: how is this function computable?
Replies: 15
Views: 9791

Re: Computability: how is this function computable?

I think you have made your point very clearly. If I understand correctly, the distinction is in between the function that calculates the constant k (max repeating '5's) and the function that uses it once it has been defined. From this is obvious that the latter is trivially computed. Assuming that w...
by mat.tia
Fri Nov 15, 2013 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Computability: how is this function computable?
Replies: 15
Views: 9791

Computability: how is this function computable?

I've been taking "Formal Methods in Computer Science" this semester, which is one of the most interesting courses I've had so far in my brief university career. We deal with complexity, computability and formal semantics of programming languages. I didn't have any trouble understanding the...
by mat.tia
Fri Nov 15, 2013 8:16 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The onion router and its security
Replies: 6
Views: 10467

Re: The onion router and its security

all right, I guess my observations were quite obvious, but thanks for confirming them. "They" can get at you, as long as they put enough effort; I just don't see well where to draw the line of how much effort is needed and who's capable of it. Also, SecondTalon, why do you say Silk Road 2 ...
by mat.tia
Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:23 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Dogma in Math
Replies: 98
Views: 14466

Re: Dogma in Math

I suspect the LEGOs-up-the-butt thing isn't really going to get anyone anywhere, but since you mention it: if you're opposed to the idea that there's one way to stick no LEGOs up your butt, how many ways do you think there are? Are you saying there are no ways? To me it seems that "There are n...
by mat.tia
Mon Nov 11, 2013 1:07 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Dogma in Math
Replies: 98
Views: 14466

Re: Dogma in Math

besides the fact that many before me have pointed out, that mathematics is an invention and not a discovery, and as such is defined at our will in a way that it is consistent, also with statements such as n/0=⊥ (because division is the inverse of multiplication: find a number which you can multiply ...
by mat.tia
Mon Nov 11, 2013 12:28 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The onion router and its security
Replies: 6
Views: 10467

The onion router and its security

Hello everyone, I've been curious of hearing how the tor system got popular later within different groups of people, all having in common the need to hide their personal information or activity. Many of them want to hide from the US Government, especially following the recent news scandals. I went t...
by mat.tia
Mon Sep 16, 2013 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Cellular automata/Game of life: topics related to AI
Replies: 5
Views: 6295

Re: Cellular automata/Game of life: topics related to AI

thanks for the tip. The Turing completeness is actually the same things I suggested my teacher. No, he's not the organizer of the workshop and admits not to know too much about AI. So far I'm thinking of presenting it vaguely as a system with trivial rules that evolves in an ordered system, ordered ...

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